18 August 2014

Vision 2020: End of Consultation Period

Staff are reminded that the consultation period for Vision 2020 closes at the end of August.

To have your say on the Vision, please submit your feedback via the Vision 2020 website.

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Honorary Degrees: Nominations

The closing date for submitting nominations for the award of Honorary Degrees in 2015 is Friday 12 September 2014.

Nominations should be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office, in the strictest confidence, using the appropriate pro forma available here

You may nominate more than one person and are encouraged to do so.  Anyone nominated should not be approached and all names forwarded to the Search Committee must be treated as strictly confidential. 

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Launch of Autumn Staff Activity Programme - Friday 5 September 2014

Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport have teamed up to deliver an Autumn Staff Activity Programme. Starting in mid-September, the programme includes yoga, Pilates and BLAST!!

Staff can find out more about the programme at a launch event on Friday 5 September in Lanyon 0G/074 from 11.30am to 2.00pm. Healthy snacks will be available for those who attend.

The event will give you an overview of the programme and personal trainers from Queen's Sport will be on hand to offer on-to-one advice. There will also be a nutrition talk giving you advice on eating habits that are good for your health and wellbeing.

For further information on the event, click here.

You do not need to register for the launch event and can attend the session(s) that interest you.


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Internal vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

  • Clerical Officer – Grade 4, (Career Break Cover)
    School of Mathematics and Physics
    This post is full-time and is available up to 12 months
  • Closing date: Friday 22 August.

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The Conversation

This week, an article by Dr Brendan Browne from the School of Law has been published in The Conversation.

The article, 'Northern Ireland's stellar exam results mask underlying gap between rich and poor', can be accessed here.

Queen's is keen to encourage more of its academics to write for The Conversation. If you would like more information on doing so, please contact the Communications Office,, 028 9097 3091, who will put you in touch with the Editor for your area.

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School of Psychology research volunteers aged 6-9 years

The School of Psychology is looking for children, aged between six and nine years old, to take part in studies on child development. The researchers are interested in children’s decision-making.

Children taking part would visit the School's child-friendly facilities with a parent or guardian and complete some simple tasks. Sessions would take no more than one hour, and the School will provide a fixed payment of £5 to cover local travel expenses. Parking will be provided if required.

For more information, please contact Eimear O’Connor at or phone 028 9097 5655.

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QFT listings and competition

This week at QFT:

  • The Congress – Mind-bending slice of sci-fi blending live action and animation to stunning effect.
  • Lilting – Intensely moving drama about love, loss and the limitations of language.
  • Dinosaur 13 – Documentary chronicling the fierce battle to possess the 65 million-year-old remains of the largest T-Rex ever found.
  • Jeremy Thomas: The Auteur Producer – Jeremy Thomas has been behind some of world cinema’s most ambitious and exciting films, working with a host of legendary directors. Over the week there will be screenings of some of his most cutting-edge works, plus a live In Conversation event with Jeremy Thomas, interviewed by BBC Northern Ireland’s Marie-Louise Muir.

Coming up from Friday: Two Days One Night, Art Paty, To Catch A Thief

QFT Competition
To win a pair of tickets to see The Congress, please email with The Congress in the subject line and the answer to the question: what film did Robin Wright star in alongside Tom Hanks? Competition closes Wednesday 20 August at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.

Last week’s winner of a pair of tickets was Michelle Cross from The McClay Library.  Congratulations Michelle!

Staff ticket price: £5; standard ticket price: £6.50.
Please visit for more details.

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CEM and CCRCB Seminar: 5 September

The Centre for Experimental Medicine and the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology will host a seminar by Professor David Bates, Professor of Oncology at the University of Nottingham, on Friday 5 September 2014. Professor Bates will present a talk on 'Next generation cancer treatments – understanding the tumour microenvironment.' 

The seminar will take place in the North Lecture Theatre, Medical Biology Centre, 1.00pm – 2.00pm.

If you would like to make an appointment to speak to Professor Bates during his visit to the University, please contact the Centre for Experimental Medicine, 028 9063 2636,

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Access to Turnitin for principal supervisors of PGR theses

Under regulation 7.1.5 of the Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes, the principal supervisor must ensure that appropriate sections of the draft thesis (or critical analysis for PhD by Published Works) have been submitted to the University-recognised originality checking service, and the report used for feedback purposes, prior to the submission of the thesis (or critical analysis).

If you are a principal supervisor of a Queen’s PGR student and would like access to TurnitinUK for this purpose, please contact Gill Kelly, CED,

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following course:

  • Tuesday 26 August: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm

2014/15 Semester 1 courses are now available for booking on Queen’s Online. Course dates can be viewed at:

ECDL – now using an improved test system which allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision (note – this is not used for ECDL Advanced).

Today’s Tip: Want to know how many nautical miles in a mile or acres in a hectare? For these and other everyday unit conversions, check out the calculator in Windows 7.

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